Top five sound bars under £200
Most of the big sound bar brands produce models in the £100-200 price range. Going for a slightly more expensive sound bar rather than a complete entry-level model will bring you some added features, such as a wireless subwoofer and the ability to decode surround sound from a Blu-ray disc player.
We review sound bars that cost from as little as £30 all the way up to extravagant models that cost more than £1,000, and we've found that price often doesn't have any bearing on whether the product actually sounds good. Below, we pick out five sound bars that will really improve your home entertainment, each offering great sound quality for an affordable price.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct as of June 2018.
And here's three cheap sound bars to avoid
The sound bars above will all make watching TV a far more enjoyable experience, but unfortunately the same can't be said of all the models we test.
For every great-value bargain, there's a complete shocker out there somewhere. Our expert reviews are the most reliable way to separate the wheat from the chaff, and we've picked out three proverbial husks in the table below.
How we test sound bars
Every sound bar that goes through our test lab is put through its paces by our industry experts. We have decades of experience of designing and testing the latest home audio products, so can recognise a deal from dud.
Before we start our listening test we make sure we've set each sound bar up to give its best-possible performance. Its position in your living room, audio settings and the overall volume level will all have a big effect on how good things sound.